Recon & Beta
First, an explanation of why we have dialed information in spite of our abject failure to complete the ride. Several weeks after our CPP attempt, still in the haze of a Snovet Hangover and convalescing, we asked Twitter for information leading to someone with first-hand experience of the entire route. Chris Tank responded.
“Having real-time-tracked Brovet #2 on Instagram, I knew there was potential for less than ideal weather conditions (to put it mildly) when we went, but then again it wasn’t hurricane season so I figured we’d be okay. And we were, we made it.”
– CHRIS TANK
At 8:09 AM on April 27th, 2012 Honorary Animals Chris Tank, Chris Gollan and Mladen After hours riding in the rain, soaked to the bone, Mladen purchased a yellow hazmat-looking suit in Confluence, Pennsylvania. Sokolovic left Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on bicycles headed in the direction of Maryland. 103+/- hours later, at 3:18 PM on May 1st, they arrived in Washington DC having successfully completed the seamless combination of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) trail and C&O Canal trail, otherwise known as the Cumberland Passage Permanent. From Primanti’s to the Thompson Boat Center, they rode close to 350 miles at an average of 13.4 mph over the course of five days and four nights. In addition to actually completing the ride, Chris Tank took detailed notes and observations. Those annotations coupled with their extensive pre-ride research and planning are 1,000,000,000% responsible for the attached Cue Sheet and Beta. Dear Chris, we can’t thank you enough for all your hard work and research. Because of you we have an accurate/vetted Cue Sheet, mileage-specific Beta and detailed descriptions of the C&O Canal (which sounds lovely—maybe we’ll go there some day).